The Tivo PVR is able record free-to-air 3D broadcasts out-of-the-box and will deliver 3D content via download over a home network from June 2010, according to Hybrid TV Services. The announcement precedes tonight’s first State of Origin match in 3D and the forthcoming World Cup broadcasts in June-July, where SBS will transmit a number of matches in 3D.
Owners of Tivo media devices will be able to record 3D broadcasts and play them back later on any 3D television. The 3D broadcasts can be stored on the Tivo’s hard drive indefinitely, allowing consumers who don’t currently own a compatible to archive 3D programming for playback on a future 3D TV purchase.
Most PVR devices with built-in high definition tuners will be able to record and store 3D broadcasts, but Tivo distinguishes itself by taking advantage of its network connectivity and being the first to declare its intention to provide 3D content downloads from the web.
The content will be available by accessing Tivo’s video-on-demand CASPA service and is expected to be available from June. “Initially content will include movie trailers and short animations, but it will grow to include movies and documentaries shot in 3D,” according to Hybrid TV Services. No pricing was announced
Networked devices such as the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, which like Tivo, are already providing content to stream and download from the web, should also be capable of delivering 3D content, as should the forthcoming T-Box from Telstra.
In preparation for the forthcoming 3D sports broadcasts, Tivos sold between 28 May and 20 June will come with a bonus 1TB Expander Drive, valued at $249. To be eligible, purchasers will need to activate their Tivo media device, establish their CASPA wallet and redeem online before 31 July. Offer is available only to Tivo media devices purchased in Harvey Norman, Domayne, JB Hi-Fi, Dick Smith and Myer stores.